Arabia: a Poem.
First edition, extremely uncommon, Copac with just three locations – BL, Oxford and Cambridge – OCLC adds UNiversirty of Victoria, BC, and Library of Congress. A graduate of St. John’s, Oxford, Grant (1773–1844), was an evangelical, and “a hard-working clergyman” with several livings in Leicestershire and London, “his considerable literary output included A Summary of the History of the English Church, a memoir of a girl parishioner, and occasional poetry, notably Arabia inspired by travels to the Holy Land”. (ODNB). The author’s footnotes include descriptions of Mecca, Medina, and Socotra, and a summary of the life of Muhammad; and his final note Grant directs readers to Waring’s A Tour of Sheeraz for an account of the Wahhabis, and stresses that “in the descriptions of the trade of Moorish Spain, the productions of Arabia Felix – the Caravanseras [sic] of the Desert, and in other parts of the Poem, I have adhered to approved authorities”, noting in particular Shaw, Pococke and Niebuhr. A second edition was published in 1815.
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Octavo. Sewn in original marbled wraps with letterpress label with price to the front panel. Wraps a little rubbed, light toning of the text, else very good.